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  1. LinMM - Yes this sounds like it was Sergeant Martin. I read that he was also very good at shepherding the prommers, and also the children during schools' matinees to their correct places. I believe he started working at the ROH in 1949 and stayed there until his death in 1981. It's also said he knew all the regulars by name, and took part in quite a few Friends' Christmas entertainments.
  2. Looking through old issues of Dancing Times and Dance and Dancers, I came across references to Sergeant Martin. Being naturally curious and rather intrigued by this friendly looking gentleman I have tried to find out more about him. YouTube has a very small video clip of him, plus there are references to him in Norman Lebrecht's book about Covent Garden. I know he died in 1981, and was touched to see obituaries in Dancing Times and The Stage. Unfortunately I did not start visiting the ROH until 1985, so I missed meeting this kindly and avuncular man. I would be happy to know more about him and was wondering if anyone on this forum has any stories to tell?
  3. Maybe my expectations were too high - disappointed to say the least.
  4. From Birmingham Royal Ballet's February newsletter: On Friday 7 February Birmingham Royal Ballet Director Carlos Acosta will be announcing our 2020-21 season at a special event hosted at HSBC's new headquarters in Birmingham. We will be sharing all the details of the new season in a Season Launch Special edition of our e-newsletter after the event this week. I am very much looking forward to this, I can hardly wait to see what ballets will be performed!
  5. My favourite Swan Lakes are the Peter Wright and Anthony Dowell productions. Wright's production I prefer slightly more. I think the prologue is a good idea for establishing the reason why Siegfried is melancholy. The ending of Act IV is what pushes it ahead of Dowell's production for me. Jenni carrying the dead Siegfried from the lake as we see the spirits of Siegfried and Odette United forever. Magical! The Dowell one I have watched numerous times since its 1987 premiere. I guess I must be in a minority for loving the swan dresses, I really think they give the impression of feathers. anyway I was watching it on DVD last night and today I had a little surprise awaiting me. Boarding a busy train at Hammersmith carrying my heavy shopping, I stood myself by the door, a tall gentleman who boarded the train at the same time asked me if I didn't want to sit down (there was one available seat), I looked up at him to explain I was only going one stop, and who should it be? Anthony Dowell!
  6. BBC2 has a new series starting this evening about Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, looks quite interesting. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00077ch
  7. I found the info about Carmen on the ROH's Facebook page.
  8. The ROH currently has Carmen on YouTube available to watch until 1st August, so it's possible the ballets were posted officially for a limited time only. https://youtu.be/ER0Cj4DP4jo
  9. Interesting comment, I was just thinking of his appearance in a Doctor Who story called The Caves of Androzani. Gable played a character called Sharaz Jek, whose severely disfigured face was hidden by a mask. Jek initially appears to be a callous murderer but Gable reveals him to be a pathetic and ultimately tragic individual. Truly an amazing performance in one of the best Doctor Who stories.
  10. Many thanks to Richard LH, Bluebird and John Mallinson for your advice, I have booked marked the pages and am very happy ☺ Pity that BRB doesn't have an online archive.
  11. Today I noticed it is no longer possible to access previous seasons on the ROH web site, not long ago it was still possible to go as far back as the 2012/13 season and onwards to the present day. When I tried this morning I got a 404 page not found error. As the ROH collections database only goes as far as December 2012 this was an added bonus, alas no longer 😞. I did email the ROH collections team quite a few months ago about the database and was told they knew it was out of date and they would be updating it soon. Still waiting. Such a shame as I know I'm not the only one who enjoys looking at past seasons, that this very interesting resource is being ignored. I feel like volunteering to update to update it myself 😊
  12. I remember the days when the casting info for Romeo and Juliet used to include who was dancing Juliet, Romeo, Mercutio, Tybalt, Benvolio, Paris, Lord and Lady Capulet and the Nurse!
  13. Not sure if this is the right place to post this, it's an interview with Laura Morera about dancing Masha in Winter Dreams: https://www.culturewhisper.com/amp/dance/laura_morera_winter_dreams_interview/12808?__twitter_impression=true
  14. https://www.cunard.co.uk/cruise-types/event-cruises/dance-the-atlantic/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ECN1058&utm_campaign=brand&utm_term=CU-2566262&utm_content=cta_main This looks very interesting, for the first time English National Ballet will be appearing on board Cunard's flag ship Queen Mary 2.
  15. Just seen this on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRB/status/1046078442796707840?s=20
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